- Intending pilgrims from Katsina state will be the first to be airlifted to the 2019 Hajj exercise as airlifting begins on Thursday, July 10
- The advance team of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria already left for Saudi Arabia on Friday, July 5
- The team was said to have comprised of 39 members of staff for Hajj operations
The airlift of Nigerian pilgrims to 2019 Hajj exercise will begin on Thursday, July 10, with intending pilgrims from Katsina state.
Daily Trust reports that the first batch of the advance team of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) left for Saudi Arabia on Friday, July 5.
Legit.ng gathers that the team that led for Saudi Arabia comprised of 39 members of staff for Hajj operations.
Also reported to have departed for Saudi Arabia is a 15-man national medical advance team led by Dr Ibrahim Kana.
The commissioner in charge of health matters at the commission, Dr Kana, said that NAHCON would open first aid rooms in each of the hotels provided for Nigerian pilgrims in the holy city of Madinah, Saudi Arabia
The commission has already appointed a liaison officer for each of the hotels provided for Nigerian pilgrims.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, warned pilgrims to the 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia to resist any temptation to carry hard drugs to the holy land.
Speaking on the heels of the inaugural flight of intending pilgrims, Dabiri-Erewa reminded them that Saudi laws prescribe death penalty against such act.
According to a statement by the NIDCOM's head of media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, the commission chairman lamented that some Nigerians still go against Saudi Arabia authorities’ law despite repeated warnings and workshops for intending pilgrims.
She said that some Nigerians caught with hard drugs in the last few years were still on death row in Saudi Arabia.
Dabiri-Erewa, therefore, pleaded with pilgrims to shun the shameful act.
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